I ran across a great quote the other day that I wanted to share with all of you readers who, like me, often battle a touch of anxiety about situations in your lives.
“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.” -Thomas Merton
Courage to make a change…or to keep doing what you’re doing faithfully until He opens or closes a door in your life. Faith that God will work all things toward your good in the wisdom of His plan. Hope that where He’s taking you is ultimately to be with Him. This quote of Thomas Merton’s really encouraged me once again to stay humbly present to my daily work and relationships, to stay faithful to prayer, and to trust, trust, trust in God’s direction and plan for my life.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.” -1 Peter 4:12-13
Peter reminds me to look at the little and big struggles of this Humble Handmaid’s life as chances to say “yes” and to be patient while he works in me, works in others, and works all things together for my good and His glory.